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CloudSat! On 28 th April the first spaceborne cloud radar was launched It joins Aqua: MODIS, CERES, AIRS, AMSU radiometers.

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1 CloudSat! On 28 th April the first spaceborne cloud radar was launched It joins Aqua: MODIS, CERES, AIRS, AMSU radiometers

2 One orbit: Tuesday last week Start of orbitEnd of orbit Greenland ice sheet Antarctic ice sheet 30 km of uncalibrated 94-GHz radar reflectivity factor Clouds!

3 June 13 th (Tuesday last week)

4 14.30 UTC June 13 th (Tuesday last week) Melting ice MODIS RGB composite CloudSat reflectivity factor Cirrus Altocumulus: mixed-phase? Optically thick ice cloud

5 13.10 UTC June 18 th Scotland England Lake district Isle of Wight France MODIS RGB composite

6 Scotland England Lake district Isle of Wight France MODIS Infrared window UTC June 18 th (Sunday)

7 Scotland England Lake district Isle of Wight France Met Office rain radar network UTC June 18 th (Sunday)

8 CloudSat was 10 km from Chilbolton at UTC Chilbolton 94-GHz radar Chilbolton lidar England Isle of Wight

9 Tropical convection: oceanic and orographic Papua New Guinea

10 Anvil cirrus

11 Complex cloud systems

12 Links CloudSat quicklooks: MODIS quicklooks: CloudSat work at Reading Julien Delanoe, Robin Hogan (multi-sensor retrievals) Lee Smith, Anthony Illingworth (stratocumulus retrievals) Nicky Chalmers, Robin Hogan (cloud radiative effects)


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